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2019 live comedy round up
Monday 27th January 2020 7:34 pm

My 2019 round up is entirely about live comedy. I used to go to quite a bit with my sister and then she had a baby. It took me until last year to admit that I was not happy about not going to stuff and I should just go on my own, that way I don't have to deal with people umming and ahing about whether they can make it until it's sold out. Nor do I have to buy tickets and get money off people or tell them what time trains to get. Most of the time the other people I see there are with someone else but are on their phones, so they might as well be on their own. (I take a book)

Last year I went to quite a bit of live comedy:
Ed Byrne
Ellie Taylor
Griff Rhys Jones
I'm Sorry I Havem't a Clue
James Acaster
Josh Widdicombe
Lucy Porter
Mark Watson
No Such Thing as Fish
Rhod Gilbert
Rob Beckett
Romesh Ranganathan

Some of them I'd see before, most of them I hadn't.

Rob Beckett was shorter than I thought he was. Josh Widdicombe I struggled with because I had a cold with bad asthma and laughing made me cough. So I was trying not to laugh too much. I failed (unsurprisingly) and had lost by voice by the end of the night and didn't get it back for three days.

I was a bit unsure about Ellie Taylor because when I last saw her her set was all about how all her friends were having babies, but she wasn't interested in cuddling them and wasn't sure if she wanted one of her own. When I went it was around the time when everyone was having babies. But since then she's had a baby and I was worried it would be all about that. And it was, but it was still funny, so that was ok.

Some of them had support acts, which were a mixed bag (most of them I can't remember the names of). The funniest was a Canadian bloke living in France who had cats. Three of the support acts were lesbians and their set was all about that. They did all have slightly different spins on it, but it's just not unique enough when there are so many lesbian stand-ups if that's all they talk about. One of them, though, lost the audience right at the start when she acted as if the audience all hated that she was a lesbian, when in reality they couldn't give a shit. So after that she struggled to get any laughs because everyone was so put off by her attitude.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – December and 2019 wrap-up
Saturday 25th January 2020 8:51 pm

You may have noticed it's really not December any more. That's because just before Christmas I had a bad dose of labyrinthitis, coming at the end of two months of crazy business at work. So I am still catching up with everything and this wasn't top of my list.

Due to this, I am going to take a year off from Never Seen Star Wars, at least formally. I have plans to do/see/read new stuff, so I will post about those things when they happen.

Last month I was trying coffee. There was a day when I met some friends in a coffee shop and one of them advised me to try a latte, so I did. I went with the Lactofree option on the basis that at least I like that milk (it's just cow's milk with lactase added) - or I did when I was last able to drink cow's milk 15 years ago.

it was alright. I thought the initial tasted was like hot chocolate and then a different taste came through at the end of the mouthfull. Which must be because that's what hot milk tastes like, but I've only ever had it in hot chocolate so that's what I associate the taste with. I did finish it, but every sip was a disappointment that it wasn't hot chocolate.

I am going to try some other coffees, as they might be different. Especially something cold, as I won't associate the taste with hot chocolate so much. I will report back when I've tried some more - probably in the summer when it's easier to get cold drinks (as well as hot drinks).

So I'll give trying coffee a 7 out of 10.

And a summary for 2019 of what I did and how I rated it:
January: Reading Dune 4/10 (I still haven't been able to bring myself to go back to it)
February: Reading Rivers of London 7/10
March: 100 days of code 6/10 (I got really into it after March and am going to do another 100 days this year)
April: Watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo 7/10
May: Watching The Orville 7/10
June: Pilates 8/10
July: Reccing at [dw-comm]tardis-library[/dw-comm] 10/10
August: Glamping 3/10
September: Murder mystery 9/10
October: Stand-up workshop 10/10
November: Watching How to Train Your Dragon 9/10
December: Drinking coffee 7/10


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